A Qualitative Analysis of Unethical Behaviors in Projects: Insight From Moral Psychology

Mehrdad Sarhadi, Sogand Hasanzadeh

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Abstract

Ethical aspects of stakeholder behavior can have a wide range of implications for other areas of project management. This research critically reviewed project ethics under the philosophical paradigm change from modernism to late modernism, which led to a flexible and realizable ethical framework based on Levinasian and Nietzschean moral psychologies. A qualitative approach was adopted through a multiple-case study to confront the theoretical framework with the empirical world, evaluate its authenticity, and obtain a better understanding of its challenges. Research results showed that stakeholders’ unconscious desire for existential meaning can provide considerable potential for dealing with ethical challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-348
Number of pages18
JournalProject Management Journal
Volume53
Issue number4
Early online date1 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

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